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van, rescuers required to use the jaws of life. the driver of that mini van, reportedly taken to a hospital for treatment. there's one report out of boston that says brady went to gillette stayed tpoupl morning workouts. more from boston. there's the intersection now. more from boston as we get it. breaking news on "america's newsroom". >>> you want headline? here's the headline for you, america. is the u.s. losing its competitive edge? now ranking fourth among 139 countries. the world economic forum citing a trillion dollars decifit, public distrust of government, and rising debt as the reasons for that slide. $13 trillion, that's a lot of numbers. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: good morning, thank you for starting our morning that way! you don't even get a medal -- a medal in fourth place! you know who has replaced us? switzerland. i kid you not. bill: not even a bronze. we've got brand new jobless numbers in, the labor department reporting $451,000 people filed for first-time unemployment claims in the past week. stu varne
on in the election period. bill: are you at a hardware store, and small business in america, they have told us repeatedly they've been ignored. as we reflect in 2010 on the differences for the first contract in 1994, how different is it, shannon? >> reporter: well, even in just a rollout bill that you can see, that rollout back in 1994, contract with america, was on the steps of the u.s. capitol, everybody was in a suit and tie, there were dozens of lawmakers and candidates who actually physically signed on to this pledge, these ten items. today, we're out in suburban virginia, outside of washington, it's at a lumber yard, and this rollout today is going to start with a small business round table, they it's all about focusing on jobs, the economy, the folks we've seen here this morning, congressmen and women, they're not in suits and ties, they've got their shirt sleeves rolled up and are ready to get down to business. they want this to be a different rollout. they say a lot of the ideas are parallel from 1994 but they say this time they listened to the american people, they say these ideas co
the pressure on as long as we can. the u.s. officials say the threats come from a variety of sources. bill: i'm losing count here, how many strikes in the past few weeks, steve. >> reporter: it's hard to count exactly. they don't give us the exact numbers, but there has been some assessment over there, according to the "wall street journal" there have been at least 20 drone strikes so far this month in the tribal regions of pakistan, that's across the border inside pakistan, the highest monthly toelt in the last six years. the necessity was hammered home during a recent congressional hearing on terror. >> today al-qaida and are in pakistan is at one of its weakest points, i would stress that the group has time and time again proven its resill lens and remains a very capable and determined area. >> reporter: the cia doesn't confirm or talk about the strikes, it is no secret it takes place. they say when conditions allow us to act in strict accord with the law we do. that's the bottom line. bill: a good reminder this war is far from over. we've seen the highest number of attacks by drones in pa
, including a lot of red tape. bill: stuart varney with fbn joins us. first, the news, this came from the local government in l.a.d. it not? >> it came from the controller of los angeles, she reported that the transportation department spent 70 million created 45 new jobs, the public works department spent 40 million came up with just over nine jobs. a total of 55 jobs, 2 million per job. that just happened. bill: all right. is l.a. alone? >> well, l.a. is the largest city yet to go through an audit, but this coincides with the release this week of the white house's 100th best stimulus projects. they're looking back over the stimulus program that was launched 18 months ago, pulling out the 100 best performers. i've not seen the whole list but i've seen a couple of them. for example, they spent $30 million in new jersey, cleaning up an old electronics factory that created 68 new jobs. now, do the math, bill. that's a little bit better than los angeles. new jersey put out 68 jobs at $441,000 each job. now, the white house is tout thank as a success of the stimulus program. you be the ju
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